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October 25, 2013
It would be great to meet her and of course she’s welcome to keep the phone. I am just keen to find out a little bit more about how she got the phone and I think it would be an interesting project as part of my schoolwork.
How true love happens in 2013: Guy gets phone stolen; girl from another country acquires it; photo stream attached to Dropbox shows that girl is adorable, in guy’s estimation; guy starts website asking mystery girl on date. (Forthcoming part to story: Girl turns him down, citing weirdness of situation.)
11:28 // 5 months ago
April 30, 2013
10:37 // 11 months ago
April 3, 2013
» SFB says: Hate to correct you back, pal, but the call shown in the clip we posted earlier is the first GSM call—which the post specifically states. :) GSM is a specific kind of technology for making cell phone calls, first launched in Europe with this phone call right here (which is from 1991, by the way), and currently used in the U.S. by AT&T and T-Mobile, among others. The first cell phone call was made 40 years ago using analog technology by a Motorola engineer. — Ernie @ SFB

» SFB says: Hate to correct you back, pal, but the call shown in the clip we posted earlier is the first GSM call—which the post specifically states. :) GSM is a specific kind of technology for making cell phone calls, first launched in Europe with this phone call right here (which is from 1991, by the way), and currently used in the U.S. by AT&T and T-Mobile, among others. The first cell phone call was made 40 years ago using analog technology by a Motorola engineer. — Ernie @ SFB

19:42 // 1 year ago

Sure, you may have known that the first cell phone call was made 40 years ago today, but did you know that the first GSM call was made by the prime minister of Finland? More fun details here.

15:59 // 1 year ago
April 2, 2013
9:30 // 1 year ago
January 27, 2013

FYI: It’s now illegal to unlock your phone, guys

  • then In October, the U.S. Library of Congress, in charge of rules related to the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DCMA), decided that it would be illegal to unlock phones sold by U.S. carriers, so to allow off-brand carriers and SIM cards. You can read the full ruling here.
  • now Three months later, the grace period put into effect after that decision has ended, and unlocking your phone is now, indeed, prohibited. Carriers could now theoretically sue over it, though  how aggressively they will try to enforce this is yet unclear. source

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12:07 // 1 year ago
January 10, 2013
hypervocal:

No more cracked phone screens? Check out Samsung’s latest.

I’ve seen the future, and its name is … whatever the name of its phone is.

hypervocal:

No more cracked phone screens? Check out Samsung’s latest.

I’ve seen the future, and its name is … whatever the name of its phone is.

10:51 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
According to a new study, commissioned by device warranty provider Squaretrade, approximately 51 percent of broken smartphones are damaged inside the phone owner’s home. We’ve posted a portion of the accompanying infographic, depicting the most common household smartphone “danger zones”. So how does Squaretrade’s report stack up against your own usage? Whose kitchen has the highest kill/death ratio? source

According to a new study, commissioned by device warranty provider Squaretrade, approximately 51 percent of broken smartphones are damaged inside the phone owner’s home. We’ve posted a portion of the accompanying infographic, depicting the most common household smartphone “danger zones”. So how does Squaretrade’s report stack up against your own usage? Whose kitchen has the highest kill/death ratio? source

14:43 // 1 year ago
September 23, 2012
nbcnews:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise
(Photo: James Whitaker / Getty Images)
Many of us have done it — checked our phones to read a new text or send a quick tweet as we stroll down the street. It only takes a few seconds, right?  And while we know we should watch where we’re going, we think, worst case: we’ll bump into the person in front of us, or trip on the sidewalk.
But experts are blaming texting and walking on the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens. Walking safely, they say, is, in fact, a two way street: it requires the focused attention of both pedestrians and drivers.
Read the complete story.

True story: A New Jersey town actually banned this practice.

nbcnews:

Put down the phone and walk! Teen pedestrian injuries on rise

(Photo: James Whitaker / Getty Images)

Many of us have done it — checked our phones to read a new text or send a quick tweet as we stroll down the street. It only takes a few seconds, right?  And while we know we should watch where we’re going, we think, worst case: we’ll bump into the person in front of us, or trip on the sidewalk.

But experts are blaming texting and walking on the rising number of pedestrian injuries and deaths among teens. Walking safely, they say, is, in fact, a two way street: it requires the focused attention of both pedestrians and drivers.

Read the complete story.

True story: A New Jersey town actually banned this practice.

(via nbcnews)

10:53 // 1 year ago
July 11, 2012
11:28 // 1 year ago